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the park and swing them on a swing and decide afterwards we might go get some ice cream or stop by a bookstore, and those kinds of moments, they're so precious. you forget how precious they are until you can't do them anymore. oprah: yes. one of our oprah: producers--andrea wishom--lives in your neighborhood still, and she says she remembers you taking the girls trick-or-treating. >> oh, yeah. oprah: so now you can't do that anymore. >> now, the last time i went trick-or-treating--i hadn't won the nomination yet--but i wore a mask, and nobody knew, and it was a lot of fun. oprah: really? >> yeah. every once in a while, i'd take the mask off and go "boo" to the kids. [laughter] >> "that's barack obama." oprah: so i would like to ask, what do you know--in my magazine, at the end, i always talk about what i know for sure. what do you know for sure about marriage? being married now 18 years.
>> ha ha! that it has to be a true partnership, and you have to really, really like and respect the person that you're married to, because it is a hard road. i mean, that's what i tell young couples. don't expect it to be easy. melding two lives and trying to raise others and doing recipe made for disaster. so there are highs and lows, but if in the end, you can look him in the eye and say, "i like you," and, you know, i stopped believing in love at first sight. i think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more. oprah: ok. i read in the "new york times" a story that--they're writing about your mother, where she said that she always thought you would be a cross between mahatma gandhi and albert einstein and always had great expectations for you. the
question is, are you surprised that he became president of the united states, knowing who he is? >> i think growing up like we did, no matter what your parents told you, we never thought you could be president. no. no way. you know, it was up until the election night that i was like, "really?" [laughter] >> "you actually pulled this off?" so i think our lives are limited in that way, and i think one of the beautiful things that we will get from this presidency is that young kids now only know this man to be president of the united states. so for so many, they can see themselves. so am i surprised that he's doing a great job? no. i knew he was ready for this. i always told the voters. i said, "the question isn't whether barack obama is ready to be president the question is whether we're ready," and that still continues to be the question that we have to ask ourselves. are we ready for change? are we ready for sacrifice and compromise? are we ready, you know, to really make
the hard push? because he's ready. and that is not a surprise to me. he has been consistent in that regard. so he has performed as i would have expected him to perform. [applause] oprah: con behind at the pictures, you see those pictures? one of my favorite moments is that picture of you on the stage in grant park. what were you saying in that moment? >> i think she was saying, "i can't believe you pulled this off." [laughter] >> right. oprah: and what were you saying to her? >> i said, "yeah, how about that?" [laughter] >> that's interesting. oprah: very interesting. >> well, yeah, i will tell you though, that obviously, i couldn't have done anything that chelle, but you were asking earlier what keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure. it is this
young lady right here and our two daughters, because when i come home, no matter what i'm dealing with, i know that i've got people there who not only do i love, but whose company i just enjoy and who will bring me down to a level of basic humanity and humor and will knock me down a peg and make sure that i'm not taking myself too seriously even if i'm taking the work seriously, and so not only has she been a great first lady, but she is just my rock, and i count on her in so many ways every single day. oprah: we'll be right back. next...what has been the best moment you all had to share as a family?
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oprah: what has been the best moment you all had to share as a family since you became president of the united states? >> a lot of our foreign travel. for me, i think, those trips being able to watch the girls meet the pope. watching malia and sasha obama, and grandma, and mama kaye, meet the pope. that was pretty-- >> although i learned later--i met with the pope first. apparently, they were getting tired and they wanted to sit on the floor in the sistine chapel. [laughter] >> you know, you have those moments--"girl, get up." oprah: "get up, girl." [laughter] oprah: "it's the pope." >> do not sit down. oprah: ha ha ha! >> apparently, each time they saw somebody in a frock, they'd say, "is that the pope?" [laughter] >> not yet. >> not yet. no. no, you'll know when it's the pope. >> "how will i know?" >> yeah. although we've also had--sometimes, during the
summer vacations. you remember when we went up to maine, for example, and you'll get these magical days where we're walking along some path-- >> we were actually hiking. >> we were hiking, and malia and sasha are running around, and malia started making up some song, and then we came up along this inlet where i taught them how to skip rocks, and there were some wild blueberries that we picked. >> bo was with us. >> bo was with us. you have moments like that. >> that felt normal. >> and it felt normal, and as i said, because sometimes we don't have that, it feels that much more special, and you have those days where, while it's happening, you say... >> this is good. >> this is good. this is worth it. whatever else is going on, seeing those two girls and my wife, and us being... oprah: a family skipping stones
in maine is one of your favorite memories out of all the things you've done. >> can't beat it. oprah: can't beat it. >> can't beat it. oprah: i understand you're also a basketball coach. [applause] >> i was--i was a consultant and assistant basketball coach to sasha's team this year. reggie love, who played at duke, my assistant, we decided to have some clinics for the girls, and so every sunday, we would bring sasha and teammates--joe biden's granddaughter maisy is a terrific basketball player. >> way to go, maisy. yes. >> and we'd bring them together and we'd have these clinics, and we'd have these drills. and then a couple of times when the regular coaches couldn't coach, reggie and i were the coaches, and ah, it was nerve-wracking. [laughter] >> they would take these games so seriously. >> absolutely. >> it was just--chill. just relax. oprah: so this is the question, though. when--and i think every person who has been able to do better than their parents in life is faced with this question--when you are raising
children and you have access to everything and you are successful in your own life, how do you raise children who have theiion, a sense of kindness, a sense of grace? how do you manage that, especially in the world you all are in? >> you go back to the basics. i mean, i hear my parents and his mom, voices ringing in our heads, "turn off the tv. you've got chores to do in this house," and you've gotta get creative in the white house giving kids chores, because they don't understand, "why do i have to make my bed?" you know? it's like, you have to learn how to make a bed. you have to-- oprah: i really would--like, why do i need it? >> well, and we have the conversation about why. so when you're in that situation, weienes que have real discussions about responsibility and, you know not taking anything for granted, and not having a bunch of grownups doing stuff for you when you're completely capable of doing it yourself, and being able to take care of your own business when you're older, that
you're not living in the white house forever. you're going to college. maybe you'll get married. you'd better know how to make a bed. we have those discussions. >> and, i mean, malia and sasha, they have set their own alarm and woken up on their own and gotten ready for school on their own since they were 5. >> since they started school. >> since they started school. >> yeah. oprah: and they still do. >> they do. yeah. oprah: i heard you on the "gayle king show" the other day say that malia was gonna have to start doing laundry, and i went, "really?" >> yeah, yeah. i mean, first of all, what else does she have to do, you know? oprah: homework and stuff. >> you know what? that gets done. and it gets done, and then what, you know? because they have limited tv time and computer time, and they spend time with their friends, but there's still a lot of time to learn something that's productive, and grandma still does her own laundry at the white house, so she's gonna be in charge of laundry duty because i don't do my laundry. i know how to do my laundry. oprah: yeah. you don't have to learn that. >> i learned that lesson. she
may do my laundry, malia, but again, she has to learn how to do that, and i don't want her tobe that ki be 15, 16 and be that kid, "i've never done laundry before." i would cringe if she became that kid. oprah: i don't think that's gonna happen. i think that you're doing an amazing--you, too--but you're doing an amazing job of raising them. they're still so themselves. they're so themselves. we'll be right back, more with the president and first lady. coming up...what do you want your legacy to be? >> did you see "oprah" yesterday? >> "oprah" wasn't on, al. >> aah! help me, oprah winfrey! >> you'll edit that underwear thing out, won't you, opera? oprah: it's oprah. >> what would oprah do? >> this could be my oprah
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you being here and what this office is, what's very interesting, i was saying to my here before. i think this is your third time on the show, and people weren't putting on mascara and stuff. it's the office of the president. yes. >> and i'm always mindful of that, that, you know, i'm a temporary occupant, and it is an extraordinary privilege, and i just have to make sure that i'm doing the best possible job no only on behalf of the american people, but also on behalf of our history and all the previous occupants of this office, and when the next person comes, then they will be inheriting these enormous responsibilities but also a great honor, but it's temporary. oprah: if you're elected to a second term, what do you want your legacy to be? >> the american people are so hard-working. they're so
responsible. they are so interested in doing the right thing, and for the last decade or so, they've lost that sense that as a consequence of their hard work, they're able to get ahead. wages and income have flatlined. i think there's been a general sense that the american dream for too many folks is slipping away. what i want is people to once again feel like, "if i'm out there working hard and doing the right thing, opportunity is right there for me to grab," and i think it is. i think this is the greatest country on earth. it will continue to be the greatest country on earth, but i want everybody to feel in their own lives day to day that opportunity is right there in front of them. oprah: do you that you can accomplish that when we live in a world of distractions where people throw
stones before you can barely geto de distracciones yt or addressed? >> i think we still have work to do on our politics. our politics is too splintered. it trivializes important issues. oprah: has that been one of your biggest disappointments? >> yeah, that i have not been able to change washington's tone as much as i wanted. oprah: you thought you could? >> i thought i could and probably was overly optimistic. no. i still think i can. i just think it takes more time. keep in mind, part of the reason it became hard was that the economic crisis created enormous stresses everybody, and it's harder for us to listen to one another and to give each other the benefit of the doubt and to work together when people are under extraordinary stresses and strains, but i do think that we can still change our tone.
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oprah: does he handle stones being thrown better than you? >> yeah, absolutely. no. he does. who you see, this isn't pretend. he is a calm, mature, rational character. i think he's a lot funnier than people think. >> i'm a funny guy. oprah: hysterical. >> some of the stereotypes are kind of strange to me, but i think that when you run into somebody who-- oprah: well, you hear him characterized as aloof. >> i'm like, "who? who are you talking about?" yeah. this is a guy who's coaching and rolling around on the floor and being silly and dancing, bad dancing to me... >> see that? >> but he is calm, and-- oprah: is that because--i was reading last week--i didn't mean to interrupt. >> no, no. oprah: when i was reading the article about your mother, the story of your mother, and in
that story, they talked about you being taken from hawaii after you were born there and taken to indonesia at 6 years old, and somebody who was with your mother witnessed kids calling you names and calling you out of your name because of the color of your skin, and your mother said, "oh, let him be. he's used to it," and i was wondering if growing up with people making fun of you because of the color of your skin gave you a thicker skin for all the things that you're dealing with now. >> well, it's hard to figure out how, exactly, you ended up the way you ended up. some of it's temperament. we see it in our daughters because malia's temperament is more like mine. sasha's is more like michelle's, and that's just the way they showed up. they have different personalities, so some of it's that. i have no doubt that some of it is the fact that i had a lot of changes when i was young,
you know--father not at home moving around quite a bit, oftentimes being an outsider in a place where there weren't a lot of african-americans or had an unusual name. oprah: which you write about in "dreams." >> yeah. so all those things, i'm sure, contributed, and some of it, though, i also think just has to do with the fact that as i get older, it's easier to keep things in perspective. that story i was telling you about being up in maine skipping stones, those are the things i know i will remember, and all the other stuff is just a sideshow. >> kids throwing stones. oprah: throwing stones. if you had to critique yourself, though, because sometimes criticism is valid, if you had to critique yourself on the past 2 1/2 years-- >> i think that in the first two years, we were so busy just trying to solv
sometimes i forgot that part of leadership is being able to tell a story about where we're going and what we're doing. we did that very well during the campaign, all right? we projected a vision of where america needs to go, and then we got into the governance of it, and i'm trying to get this bill passed, and we're trying to make sure that the stock market recovers, and we're doing this and we're doing that, and all those individual pieces made sense in my own head and to our teams, but sometimes we forgot to be in a conversation with the america people where we said, "this is why we're doing it. this is where we need to go," and that's more than just communications. it's more than just p.r. it has to do with us being in a collective conversation about who do we want to be as a country, where do we want to go, and i think there have been times where i lost that. oprah: do you think you lost
connection? >> yeah. well, it's not so much personal connection with people. it's losing that thread that helps people see... oprah: the eyes on the prize. >> the eyes on the prize, and there have been times where i've lost that. oprah: we'll be right back. that was good. oprah: "the oprah show" is sponsored in part by dove. dove wants every woman to feel confident in her own beauty. discover the dove difference. closed captioning provided by the maker of the following product. female announcer ] this mother's day, trust ftd to deliver beautiful flowers that will show mom how you really feel. flowers say it better. ftd says it best. visit ftd.com. introducing a breath of fresh air. new covergirl natureluxe silk foundation. flawless coverage... with a light as air feel.
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>> ♪ 25 ♪ >> oprah has said many times that when she was first auditioning for a job, she tried to imitate me. oprah: hi there. my name is oprah winfrey. >> i was on the "today" show then, and she sat the way i sat, and she looked down at notes and so forth, and she got the job. so i have said that i am totally responsible for oprah's success, totally. oprah, often you talk or you write about the things you say you know for sure. well, i think
whatever you do on your own new channel will enrich people's lives, and whatever you do will enrich your own life, for you have never stopped learning, and so you will be successful, my courageous friend. this i know for sure. >> if anybody has never been on the show, i would just say one thing. you don't walk into a show. you walk into a cathedral of generosity, and i've done a lot of tv in my long life, and there's nothing like that. i'm inspired by how strong she will be in trying to get the truth, the bravery of saying, "we have to look at everything and see if we can learn something from absolutely everything, even the things we can't bear to look at." you know the everest of
humanity and heart and help that you created on this earth in the past 25 years, and i will only say that the only thing that i know is going to be as powerful as that in the world is the next 25 years. welcome. oprah: nice. thanks, barbara and diane. thank you. thank you for being here. thank you for being here. >> well, look. oprah, you are a great friend of both of ours but i just want you to know that you have changed this country in unimaginable ways, and it just has to do with what folks were just saying. you've got a big heart, and you share it with people, and nobody knows how to connect better than you do, and so we are just blessed and grateful to have you in our
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and the mission to hunt down and kill osama bin laden was a top priority for the government even before 9/11. but after numerous known attempts the most wanted man in the world continued to elude the u.s. >> so how is this president able to do something other presidents failed to do? jake tapper has the details on how they got him. >> reporter: it was a nerve-racking three hours in the situation room sunday as president obama and his national security team watched in realtime the navy s.e.a.l.s making their way to osama bin laden's compound. >> it was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time i think in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday. the minutes passed like days. >> reporter: as the presidential candidate, then senator obama, argued that he would refocus
military and intelligent assets from iraq to afghanistan and pakistan. >> we will kill bin laden, we will crush al qaeda. >> reporter: in june 2009 less than five months into his presidency, the president wrote a memo to the cia director, telling him, quote, to provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice osama bin laden. information about this compound came more than a year later. >> it was far from certain and it took many months to run this threat to ground. in march the president was told the compound contained a high-value target that the cia believed was bin laden. within weeks the president rejected a proposal to bomb the compound. he was concerned about the potential for collateral damage and the likelihood that such an operation would vaporize bin laden's body, thus making any proof of his death impossible. in april, the president signed off on the high-risk surgical strike by the s.e.a.l.s, and last friday morning just before the president headed to alabama to survey storm damage, he gave the official authorization.
it was set for saturday night, the night of the white house correspondents' dinner. but bad weather pushed the operation to sunday. the president and his team attended the dinner, acting as if nothing was unusual. >> people think bin laden is hiding in the hindu kush but did you know every day from 4:00 to 5:00 he hosts a show on c-span? >> reporter: the next day in the situation room came good news, geronimo kia. the code name for capturing bin laden. "we got him," the president said. using dna strands for multiple relatives of bin laden, intelligent officials estimated with almost 100% certainty that the corpse is america's former public enemy number one. but as of now that's all the proof the administration has provided. there has not been a decision yet on whether or not the president will release the video of bin laden's funeral at sea or those gruesome photographs of his corpse. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> isn't it amazing, the white
and their fathers. that's because they were lost on 9/11. >> we're talking about the families of those fallen heroes and what they have endured through. diane sawyer has been following them throughout the years. take a look. >> reporter: right after 9/11, we first met the expectant mothers who have just become widows and some of the babies born right after that dark day. hello. remember me? and over the years, we watched them star in their home movies. >> da, da. >> reporter: babble. >> ma, ma. >> reporter: take their first baby steps. >> where are you going to go? whoa. >> reporter: and as the steps grew stronger year after year, we played that song "we hope you dance." ♪ i hope you dance ♪ >> reporter: and through it all, we were struck how much they resemble the fathers who had died that day. one mother said to us "you are
the kiss your father left behind." lisa rina, along with other women in the sad sisterhood, recorded video diaries throughout the years. and today lisa shared her thoughts when she heard the news. >> just a bundle of emotions. they are very hard to explain. it just brings it all back. it's just so surreal. >> reporter: though many of these mothers told us they were too overcome with emotion to speak. though some sent us pictures to show us how much their babies had grown. when we last saw mary, it was five years, after 9/11, her five years after 9/11, her husband patrick had been on the 90th floor of one of the towers. she said she was not alone in praying to patrick for guidance in raising their daughter grace, that her new husband andy said, he'd prayed to patrick, too. what did you pray for? >> help me be a good dad, be a good husband. what would you do? >> reporter: what a wonderful thing. and what do you call andy?
>> dad. >> dad. >> you have so many dads who love you. five years later, grace now 9 five years later, grace, now 9 years old riding horses. her horse named, p.s., i love you. in honor of her dad. and all the children born on a day when a man dedicated to violence took so much away, all of these children look ahead to a world filled with hope. >> just gives you goose bumps really when you see how much those kids resemble their fathers. it's really, you know, tough to see. and as one of the women there was saying it just brings it all back. when we have a big turning point in this story, which continues to evolve of course over the years, it really does bring it all back. >> oh yeah. and i think for some people it seems like it's been a lifetime ago and for some people it seems lining it has gone just like
>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. welcome back, everybody. this story, i really love here. this is a guy named gary weddle from washington state and he made a promise ten years ago, he was just so caught up in the news and so wrapped by what happened to 9/11. he made a vow, i will not shave my beard until osama bin laden has been caught or has been killed. so of course sunday night, he gets a call from a colleague, saying turn on the tv. first didn't believe because people would call up as a joke to get them to shave but he turn on the tv and even before the president started to speak, he got razors out. he got the scissors out. went into the bathroom. said i can't wait to get this thing off and after ten years of grow nag monstrous, long beard, finally there he is. 50 years old, took ten years off
of his life. he says he looks ten years younger and friends and neighbors came over to watch him shave to celebrate with him. he said it feels so good to be able to touch his smooth face again and wife and kids are excited. >> he's not a single man. he's a married man. i think that wife deserves some kind of an award. >> looking like that. >> it really deaged him. it makes you think. >> it's incredible. >> he's from washington state. >> he thought when he made that promise to be a month or two until they caught him, didn't think ten years later. >> did he maintain the beard, though, did he man scape? just curious. i have questions about this. >> i will call gary later. >> yeah call gary. may 1st, the death of course -- the day of the death of osama bin laden. and what happened after this is the websites came pouring out. where you can bate souvenirs, the collectibles. in fact some the fastest pick up of this stuff. the t-shirts, the mugs that they have seen. midnight sunday and 2:00 p.m. eastern on monday, thousands of
consumer-created souvenirs popped up. royalty, people wanted to get the royalties with this kind stuff. people are heading to the web to commemorate this big occasion. >> people always want a piece of history. copy the front page. mug. feel a part of it. i bet the folks will make some money. i have no doubt. speaking of the techno theme today. twitter, there was an initial report ended up being wrong. in terms of tweets per second that during the president's speech, they thought it was the highest ever in terms of thousand of tweets going out per second but had to come out and correct themselves. i think the president's speech got just over 5,106 tweets a second during the speech but it was the earthquake in japan back in march, 5,500 tweets a second. number one all-time. new year's eve and japan almost 7,000 tweets a second. >> it's the way that people get their information these days and also if you are really wondering where the photos are of this dead body, you're not alone. conspiracy theorists are saying, wonderment that they will not
of defiance as military teams moved in to get him. >> his stubborn final moments and also how a woman tried to save him inside his hideout. it's tuesday, may 3rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. with all of the jubilation across the country after bin laden's takedown, there are security concerns and also beefed up police presence nationwide. we'll get the very latest on any possible terror threats. >> people are celebrating, that's the other part of the story, where do things go from here? fears of retaliation now. >> paying closer attention. >> also in this half hour are
former vice president dick cheney of course has been very critical of president obama and how his administration has been addressing terrorism. we'll get cheney's surprising reaction, though, to bin laden's murder. >> yes, surprising appearance, too for dick cheney there. a lot of people haven't seen him in a while. another top headline this morning the big flood fears along the mighty mississippi river. we'll fill you in on this story. we talked a little bit about it yesterday but weather there definitely not help things out. >> no, no. keep a close eye on that levee too. but first before all of that, of course president obama travels to new york's ground zero later this week to mark the death of bin laden. mr. obama will meet with family members of those killed nearly ten years ago. >> and we're also learning new details about that daring trade killed the al qaeda leader. john hendren is now joining us live from washington with more. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, peggy. bin laden was identified three different ways.
by two women at the scene, by facial recognition and by a dna test. the white house says it was a 99.9% match. >> reporter: in the end, public enemy number one spent his last moments hiding behind a woman. >> there was a female who was in fact in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield, to shield bin laden. >> reporter: it all began last august with a tip from a guantanamo detainee. the first good info on his whereabouts in a decade. >> tora bora was certainly the last time that we had information and we thought it was very incredible information about where he was located. >> as it turns out the al qaeda chief wasn't hiding in a cave but in a $1 million mansion in abbottabad outside of islamabad. near a pakistani military base. in april, navy s.e.a.l. team 6 practiced the raid in a mock-up compound and then last week president obama approved the daring raid for saturday and then delayed by weather problems, sunday. after midnight, 30 to 40 navy
s.e.a.l.s crossed the border from afghanistan on two blackhawk helicopters. they dropped down into the roof on ropes and walked into a firefight. bin laden was ordered to surrendered. he refused. after three women were used as human shields, one killed, two injured he was dispatched with a shot to the head. the president uttered three words. >> "we got him." >> afterwards this exclusive video shows there was blood on the floor, a baby carriage nearby. broken computers, their hard drives removed. a floor littered with a rain of glass, and a garden of hens. the only living creatures left. now back here in washington, hours before the raid, president obama was not letting on. he cracked a few jokes at the white house correspondents' dinner. then as the historic raid was carried out, the president watched it unfold live on a video feed. rob and peggy. >> the president did have an extraordinary recapped off by all of this and the big question now, john is whether or not the white house will release photos
of bin laden's body. any word on that yet? >> reporter: the white house says officially they are not going to release those photos but remember the bush administration did release the photos of uday and qusay had been killed. the white house wants none of that in in case. and bin laden's image is so huge. you've got to think they're going to release those photos, rob. >> we'll wait and see. john, thanks a lot for that live report this morning from washington. now we may not have heard the very last of osama bin laden. intelligent officials believe that bin laden recorded a message shortly before his death. they expect that tape to surface soon. they say at that timing was coincidental and also that the u.s. eabo strike. following bin laden's death, there is stepped up security around the nation because of fears of retaliaton. so are americans any safer now that he's dead? pierre thomas reports now from fbi headquarters. >> reporter: in major cities across the country, including
washington, d.c. and new york, police were out at transportation hubs including subways and airports in a show of force to deter any retaliatory attacks. >> we certainly are not taking any chances. our assumption is that bin laden's disciples would like nothing better than to avenge his death by another attack. >> reporter: in chicago, police were sending the same message. with more security measures for nba playoff. the concern reflects a blunt message from cia director leon panetta. "though bin laden is dead, al qaeda is not. the terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him." so are we safer? in the short term law enforcement officials say no. >> you will not have 19 hijackers taking down aircraft but kids trying to find ak-47s or buy handguns or buy hand grenades on the streets and go do something at a commercial facility like a mall or a 7-eleven. rbd r. >> reporter: authorities are on high alert for threat.
homegrown terrorists here in the u.s. the taliban and al qaeda central in afghanistan and pakistan. and al qaeda in the arabian peninsula based in yemen. that group is led by radical cleric anwar al awlaki. an american who is believed to be behind the failed 2009 plot to blow up a jetliner and a scheme last fall to plant possible bombs on u.s. cargo carriers. sources have described awelaki as a clear and present danger and imminent threat. >> i think he'll be looking around saying, what can we do quickly. >> reporter: are we safer in the long run? yes, bin laden's deaths much a strategic victory. >> he was inspirational leader, so yes, i think that this moves us one step closer to being safer. >> reporter: u.s. officials are overjoyed at bin laden's death but they say his demise poses the biggest threat environment since 9/11. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and no one will forget those scenes of celebration that we showed you yesterday morning in front of the white house, also
from here in new york. there is also outpourings of emotion and patriotism in shanksville, pennsylvania, that's where flight 93 crashed on 9/11. the mood was mostly solemn as visitors remember the passengers who revolted against the hijackers. >> we're not done yet. we still have a lot of work to do. and be prepared. just in case they do strike us again. they may try. but these colors don't run. and i'm proud to be standing here today. this is great, isn't it? i love america. >> well, the memorial to those who died on flight 93 is still under construction. and our target bin laden coverage continues later this half hour with reaction from the muslim community. on top of that you can look for some more live reports and analysis on "america this morning" and also on "good morning america" as well and of course you can get updates anytime at abcnews.com. and turning to other news
this morning. it's not getting any easier if you're going to be stopping at the pump this morning. the government says that the average price for a gallon of gas now $3.96. just shy of four bucks there. this is up eight cents since last week. also a 37% increase from the same time last year. it's also the highest springtime price for gas ever. thousands of acres of missouri farmland are being flooded right now. that's after engineers blew up a levee that had been struggling to hold back the mississippi river. recent rain has swelled the rivererd blasting hole in the levees. also is expected to save the town of cairo, illinois. which sits right where the mississippi and ohio rivers come together. more rain, though, is expected in that region later today. full search efforts to find a group of scouts believed to be stranded in an arkansas forest will resume at daybreak. the group of six scouts and two troop leaders has not been heard from since thursday. it's believed that the group got
caught off by rallen rivers that rose up over the weekend. if weather permits today a helicopter will resume flying over that rem arech h and turning to real news now. charlie shee >> he's taking a break from his torpedo of truth tour to visit actually tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in tuscaloosa. sheen told officials that he plans to oranenef victims in that state. the actor said he decided to visit after getting an invitation via twitter from a university of alabama student. >> oh boy, what do you do when you are charlie sheen and real news breaks? >> you e yof a f it. >> get involved, ss. f co to northern new england the heaviest rain and flooding from nashville to louisville. cincinnati and cleveland. light snow in the cascades to showers in seattle, another day of near-record highs now the l.a. >> and it's about 80 in sacramento. 90 degrees in phoenix. 60s for minneapolis to kansas city. 51 in chicago. and 71 in dallas.
miami climbs to 85. atlanta 75. and boston sitting at 65. coffee, tea, or killer kick? that's exactly what one chinese airline is serving up these days. >> yeah, look out if you are going to be flying. new flight attendants at hong kong airlines are required to get martial arts training to deal with unruly passengers. they've been learning wing chung, a form of kung fu used in close-range combat. >> watch out. the instructors say the self-defense technique is designed by women for women and especially useful in confined spaces. so out of control passengers may now be getting a little bit -- a lot more maybe they bargained for. >> most flight attendants say the number one factor in outbursts from passengers is alcohol. a few cocktails on the plane. >> you mean those four peanuts doesn't soak it up all. >> it doesn't help. >> more "world news now" coming up.
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office former vp cheney often criticized the new president, but as he told our jon karl in an exclusive interview, he has nothing but praise right now for the president. >> reporter: what went through your mind when you heard the news? >> i think like most americans, i felt a great sense of satisfaction when i found out that we'd in fact captured and killed him. i think it's a very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done. it's taken a long time. they never gave up. they never backed off. they just kept plugging along until they got it right. >> reporter: does the president deserve credit, president obama deserve credit? >> i think the administration clearly deserves credit for the success of the operation. and from what i can tell, it
looks to me like you know we all owe him same sense of satisfaction that i'm sure they feel. >> reporter: are we safer now? >> i think so. but it's a -- kind of situation where we need to preserve our sense of vigilance, if you will. it could be a big mistake to assume that it's taken care of, it's all over with. there's every reason to believe there will be further attacks attempted against the united states and for us to spend so much time patting ourselves on the back because we've got bin laden that we missed the next attack would be a terrible tragedy. >> reporter: cheney gives credit to obama for getting bin laden but -- >> i mean it's not just on one day you get up bang and you get osama bin laden. an awful lot of people over a long period of time, thousands of them, worked this case and worked these issues and followed up on the leads and captured bad guys and interrogated them and so forth.
>> reporter: one key, cheney suggests, the cia's enhanced interrogation program. that obama stopped because he said it included torture. an early tip leading to bin laden's courier came from some of those interrogations. >> all i know is what i've seen in the newspaper at this point but it wouldn't be surprising if in fact that program produced results that ultimately contributed to the success of this venture. >> reporter: did you ever get close? did you ever think you were almost there? that you were going to get him? >> i can't say that. i mean, you work it so hard day in and day out, you get reports, some of which turned out not to be true, but ultimately you know what happened was what needed to happen. you had success piled on success piled on success that ultimately led to his capture. >> reporter: cheney told me there is one thing that president bush, president obama and even president clinton absolutely agreed on, and that is that getting bin laden was the ultimate goal, the ultimate counterterrorism goal for all
three administrations. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >> and the timing of life can be funny as well. it was may 1st, 2002, that same day eight years ago that famous scene where president bush flew down in the jet suit on the airline and had that mission accomplished banner. took a lot of flack for that. fast forward eight years, and it does seem that part of the mission has been accomplished. bin laden now dead. >> mission accomplished. don't think so. and a little crowd gathered in front of george bush's home also in dallas which is kind of interesting. you can see some people bringing some balloons to cheer the news of bin laden's death. >> celebrations all around the country. h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@h@
the massed murderer a proper muslim burial. a sign of respect to the muslim community both at home and abroad. >> mark winne of atlanta's wsb went to see how muslims there are reacting to the terrorist's death. >> and this is a really happy day to us because of the death of osama bin laden. he was the devil and he was using the islam. >> that was one of the great news we've ever heard in 2011. >> when we were watching president obama last night. to be honest we were all very relieved about this news. >> glad. this has ended. >> they're happy that this chapter is over. >> reporter: the internet cafe where owner says he like his coffee and influence strong. al jazeera was on tv while our tv camera rolled. what did you think about the news of bin laden's death? >> i was relieved actually. >> i cannot imagine any group
demonstrating either in support of him and wishing he didn't die and i cannot imagine the other extreme. >> reporter: with the institute for contemporary islamic thoughtt estimates three of four in metro atlanta follow a theology similar to bin laden's. >> it doesn't mean that they would be necessarily prone to violence. >> reporter: but that encountered no muslim mourning him. >> they're happy that the world could probably be a better and safer place. >> reporter: shift scenes. >> happy for us. >> reporter: told us he left iraq 20 years ago. now owns garden food mart. we spoke to him and his brother.
at his al salam market on north decatur road. >> all of the people that i know they were happy. most of my customer you were that so happy. >> now once again that was mark winne reporting from atlanta. a recent survey of muslims around the world found very little support for osama bin laden. in fact, 34% was the highest group that you're going to find of support and that was in pakistan. palestinian territories there. >> and many muslims say that osama was not of the same faith.
♪ and finally this half hour, it isn't clear yet where the u.s. goes from here, now that bin laden is dead, but we do know that change is definitely on the way. >> ten years ago the tragic events of september 11th changed many of us and also the world that we lived in. well, can the events of may 1st help us change it back? here is john donvan. >> reporter: it started with new york's city skyline and yes, he changed that into this and then into this which is forever but what did he change about who we are and how we live? because remember who we were before 9/11. last man standing after a long cold war that we won. a country delighting in such
amenities as a roaring stock market and this new internet thing. where one the most pressing political questions was, how to use the budget surplus. >> the national debt will be completely eliminated. >> reporter: and where most americans didn't have much of an opinion about the muslims who'd lived among them, all of which changed because of bin laden. because first we went into afghanistan to get him, and then came the war in iraq, and sacrifices we didn't want to have to make, nevertheless had to be made. decisions, too. like, where to put the prisoners? and where to try the terrorists? and laws we never imagined having to write -- >> the patriot act, you know it was necessary to protect the country. >> reporter: -- were written and passed. and scandals erupted that had to be investigated and even while it seemed at times that the walls were closing in on us, both for long timers and for the youngest among us whose futures right now may seem to have fear built in forever while grownups argued about the wars.
>> end the war. >> reporter: and about religion -- >> it's a protest. this nonreligious mosque. >> reporter: even in all of these ways that he cost us, maybe even changed us, he still did not get what he wanted, what he used to predict in those tapes that he put out, that the u.s. would dissolve under all this pressure it. it has not. and a military that has more respect now at home than in half of a century because of the war that bin laden started, when they got him it put all of us americans on the same page of history again for this moment at least, just as we were on that morning that he changed the skyline. john donvan, abc news washington. >> the many ripple effects from
this morning on "world news now," top secret operation. we're learning new inside information about the dramatic military movement to take down osama bin laden. >> what was happening inside of the white house and inside bin laden's pakistani hideout in those final moments. it is tuesday, may 3rd. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. our exclusive pictures taken inside bin laden's compound reveal how the terrorist was living. that is until navy s.e.a.l.s got inside. we'll get the latest from pakistan. if you didn't have respect for
the navy s.e.a.l.s before you certainly do now. those are the baddest dudes on the planet. scientific term. >> the most polite way that you can say. they are amazing. history lessons for children just too young to remember the september 11th terror attacks. how teachers now hope to make a difference. >> and also in the headlines this morning, drastic action by the army corps of engineers to prevent a flood disaster in illinois and in missouri. why an earthen levee had to be blown up late last night. >> we'll keep you posted on those stories. but first, new details about the daring raid which led to the death of bin laden. the cia is busy poring over hard drives, dvds and also other material taken in that raid. >> and the president travels to ground zero later this week to mark the death. t.j. winick is joining us this morning from new york with more. hi, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. thousands of people have descended here on ground zero since late sunday night to sample some of that national pride that millions of americans across this country are feeling ever since word came down that the world's most wanted man is wanted no more.
>> this is a good day for america. >> reporter: according to the commander in chief, justice has been served. >> the world is safer, it is a better place because of the death of osama bin laden. >> reporter: we're learning more details about the navy s.e.a.l. operation in which the terror mastermind was fatally shot in the head. the white house is still deciding whether to release the graphic photographs of bin laden's corpse. dna tests prove that with 99.9% certainty they got their man. the body was quickly buried at sea. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: the news triggered an outpouring of emotions, particularly at ground zero where 2,800 lives were lost on september 11th, 2001. >> it's closure in terms of
justice being done. >> reporter: tara's brother was working in tower number one and never made it out. >> seeing everybody, you know, all of the young people and coming down to ground zero, you know it made me want to come and run down here, you know, and celebrate. >> reporter: while those celebrations continue, law enforcement around the country and here in new york city is reminded to remain vigilant. >> we certainly are not taking any chances. our assumption is that bin laden's disciples would like nothing better than to avenge his death by another attack in new york. >> reporter: a senior white house source tells abc news that president obama will travel here to ground zero likely on thursday to meet with families of 9/11 victims and to mark the killing of osama bin laden. rob and peggy. >> and one person mr. obama could be meeting with this thursday is rudy giuliani who of course was the mayor of new york during the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. giuliani was back in lower manhattan yesterday, where of course he spent so much time helping the big apple get back
on its feet after the tragedy. giuliani told our diane sawyer that he felt a sense of satisfaction and relief when he learned that bin laden had been killed. >> revenge is not a noble sentiment but is a human one. and right behind me is where the twin towers stood. i mean they would had been right over our shoulder. and had he not done what he did, all of those people would have had normal lives and all these children would have had parents and i know some of them. >> giuliani said he was a little uncomfortable seeing people celebrating bin laden's death but he also believes it was all a sign that people have simply not forgotten 9/11. >> yeah, as he said maybe not such a noble emotion but definitely a human one. well, u.s. officials say that they would like to know how the most wanted man in the world managed to live undetected in pakistan for six years. they say it's pretty clear that bin laden got high-level help. >> so many questions here, and we're learning more about that compound where the deadly firefight unfolded. nick schifrin is joining us this morning from abbottabad. nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, peggy. over the last day and a half or so the pakistani government has come under withering criticism
from the white house. one top counterterrorism official suggesting that there was no way that the pakistanis weren't sheltering bin laden. the pakistani government, the pakistani military denies that and president zardari denies it in a "washington post" op-ed today writing, he was not anywhere we anticipated he would be, but now he is gone. it is a sprawling eight-room house, slightly dingy, even before it was ransacked in the raid. on the first floor, a bedroom where multiple people were killed, papers left on the floor. in the corner a small bed likely for a mother, her baby's bed next to it. across the hall, piles of blankets, clothes, and desktop computers. u.s. troops took their hard drives. up on the second floor, the master bedroom. perhaps bin laden's. the only room with a queen-size bed and carpet. also a large amount of blood on the floor. there's a closet with children's clothes and medicine still on the shelves. although it's too hard to read the labels, no sign of a kidney dialysis machine. >> the compound's only about 500 feet behind me beyond this wall and beyond those trees but take a look at how close it is to a
pakistani army base, which is right there at those trees, and behind that base is pakistan's preeminent military institution, the equivalent of west point. perhaps unbelievable, but as a u.s. official put it, bin laden was hiding in plain sight. and the pakistani military say they never saw him. one thing we haven't spoken of much is there were people who survived that raid. the wounded are now in a pakistani military hospital in this town. but so far there's been absolutely no public access to them. rob, peggy. >> truly unbelievable. thank you, nick, for that and later this is half hour, we will look at the planning and precision that went into the military takedown of bin laden
and our coverage of all of this will continue throughout the day with more live reports and analysis on both "america this morning" and "good morning america" and you can get updates anytime at abcnews.com. well, there is another delay in the final voyage of space shuttle "endeavour." nasa says the shuttle will not launch for at least another week due to lingering concerns about the fuse box. a spokesperson for congresswoman gabrielle giffords says that she does plan to return to florida for the launch. she of course is recovering from that assassination attempt last january. her husband is the flight's commander. gas prices right now are at their highest springtime level ever. the government says the national average for a gallon now is $3.96. that is eight cents higher than just last week. and remarkably that's up 37% from the same time last year. >> boy, getting pricey. well, traces of radioactivity have been detected in a shipment of cars arriving in chile from japan. officials in chile say that about 20 out of 2,500 cars had low levels of radiation. the hyundai ship originated in south korea before it docked in japan. and reportedly passed near the
fukushima nuclear plant. chilean officials say the radioactivity is too low to harm humans. but the cars will be hosed down on board. an effort is under way in california to ban children 18 and under from using indoor tanning beds. the current age limit to use those beds is 14 and teens age 15 to 17 can tan but with parent's permission. supporters of the bill say tanning before age 35 increases your risk of cancer by get this 35% but salon owners say banning most teens from tanning could severely cut their business. engineers are expected to blow more holes in a levee that's been holding back the rain-swollen mississippi river near cairo, illinois, today. they blasted the first hole in it late last night to relieve pressure on that levee. the escaping water is expected to flood about 130,000 acres of in farmland in missouri. recent rain in the area has pushed the river to record levels, and get this, more rain
expected there today. so that's pretty tough to see that. >> tough times. >> especially more weather, bringing more water. >> don't forget the folks in the south, the folks now watching those rivers. just tough times in a lot of parts of the country. take a look though at your tuesday weather right now. up to five inches of rain and flooding from louisville to cleveland. rain from new orleans to the florida panhandle. wet in atlanta and all the way up to western new york and northern new england. showers in the pacific northwest. and some snow in may in the cascades. >> hang on there. mild in the midwest with 60 degrees in the twin cities and 63 in kansas city. 74 degrees here in new york. 82 in baltimore. 71 in new orleans. phoenix, it's a hot 90 degrees. in salt lake city 64. boise 58. well, they claim it's most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on. >> that's right. don't worry, hang on, here we go. this year we're talking about the annual bed race in key west. it was a royal treat. kate and company stole the show with their duchess of cambridge theme. the team raced up the street with a somewhat masculine version of her majesty. she's buff for her majesty.
check her out. she's got legs on her too. no prince william though, could not see him anywhere. lots of hats, though, i like it. >> entries included beds, made it looks like a giant chili pepper, a bowl and a supersize cheeseburger. they know how to party down there. >> that's good fun. i love that. sunny. it looks warm out there. >> i'll take it. >> bring it on. >> even with that busting looking kate. all right, back with more of "world news now." >> she was hot. >> yeah, all right. ♪ ♪ so every year my family throws this great reunion in austin. but this year i can only afford one trip and i've always wanted to learn how to surf. austin's great -- just not for surfing. so i checked out hotwire. and by booking with them, i saved enough to swing both trips. see, hotwire checks the competition's rates every day so they can guarantee their low prices. that's how i got a 4-star
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the highly trained navy s.e.a.l.s went to work. here is martha raddatz with the details of this successful operation. >> reporter: on a near moonless night packed into two specially outfitted blackhawk helicopters, the most elite navy special operations team, s.e.a.l. team six, handpicked and experienced headed for the mission of their lives. the target, this sprawling compound surrounded by walls reaching nearly 20 feet high at points. the s.e.a.l. team, 30 to 40 men, flew low beneath the radar and undetected in the darkness descending on the compound. the plan was to rappel from the helicopters but one of the blackhawks stalled forcing a white-knuckle hard landing outside the compound. >> we're very good on making it up on our feet because something will always go wrong. >> reporter: the s.e.a.l.s then moving quickly and quietly toward the compound. they began a room-by-room search
in a smaller building first where they found the wives and children of two of bin laden's trusted couriers. next, the larger complex where gunfire erupted. two men, bin laden's couriers, were shot dead. on the ground, now nearly 40 minutes, the s.e.a.l.s climbed the stairs to the upper floors. and there he was staring right at them. those deadly brown eyes, the beard, a man well over six feet tall, this had to be bin laden. the s.e.a.l. shouted for bin laden to surrender. he resisted. they aimed first for the head, giving the weapon a double tap of the trigger as they are trained to do to ensure they got him. one shot hit above the left eye, one the chest. while a group of s.e.a.l.s searched the house, grabbing computer hard drives and whatever else they could find, others grabbed bin laden's body,
carrying it through the compound and loading it onto the helicopter. left behind, bin laden's wounded wife. the s.e.a.l. team had practiced this mission in the last month. even having a replica of the compound built in the u.s. where they trained for every possible contingency. bin laden's body was buried at sea. the u.s. did not want him buried in a grave site. they did not want to create any sort of shrine, but they did follow all muslim tradition. martha raddatz, abc news, the pentagon. >> yeah, there are debates about whether or not the public will see some of these images of the burial at sea. or you know even the images of the actual shooting. >> plenty of video and photos out there, just whether they are going to do it, gruesome, and a whether we can stomach that but i think an appetite for a lot of people to see the proof. >> we want the proof. that's right. how celebrities spread the word about bin laden. and also the star who claim to know the big news before anyone
of course a really big news day here yesterday. >> to say the least. >> across the world. everyone was running around like crazy. but guess who might have had this news about osama bin laden first? not taking about any of the news organizations. we're talk about the rock, dwayne johnson. >> that blows my mind. >> he tweeted, take a look at this. this was his first tweet out that the rock released. "just got word that will shock the world. land of the free, home of the brave. damn proud to be an american." okay, so that was the first tweet. second one was, "america brought it. team bring it forever, proud." now this was 45 minutes. we've timed it back 45 minutes before dan pfeiffer, assistant to the president, also part of the white house communications
team. >> right. >> released the news about osama bin laden. so it turns out that perhaps the rock is the best guy out there. >> so the rock has connections. he smelled what was cooking overseas before anyone else over here knew. "the new york times" yesterday how the news got out, apparently a tweet from the former chief of staff for donald rumsfeld, who wrote this first and that's what tipped the media off and then it all kind of unraveled from there. how the story leaked out but more trivia as the details begin to pour out here and of course many celebs took to twitter out there. we wanted to share a few of them. mike tyson of course our middle east expert. he chimed in. he did make an important point. he said, "the principles of islam are peace and love. please don't confuse osama's views as views of muslims." steve martin, typical dry humor. "slow news day." that's what steve martin wrote. that's what steve martin wrote. clearly sheen wrote, "dead or alive. we prefer dead. well done, s.e.a.l. team. america winning, that's how we roll." thank you, charlie. >> and also moving on from that story, we want to talk a little bit about -- are we doing letterman? do letterman first. >> yes, real quick here. apparently another war of words with donald trump.
letterman doesn't like all of the things that trump has been saying about the president lately. >> take a listen. >> but my point is, it's all fun, it's all a circus, it's all a rodeo until it starts to smack of racism and then it's no longer fun. >> you thought it was racist? >> well, yes, and i'm not sure that we want him back on the show under those circumstances. he ought to be prepared to apologize. >> how about that? basically saying, don't come back, trump. >> right, and trump of course being donald wrote a letter back saying i'm canceling my 18th appearance on your show. i don't like what you said and i not going to do the top ten list that you were trying to put together anyway. so the latest celebrity not happy with the donald. >> the good news is dr. phil was there so we know it will all get worked out because dr. phil can solve anything. maybe dr. phil can help out rick springfield. i love rick springfield because i have terrible musical taste and still sing "jessie's girl" on my ipod. >> you like steve tyler and now -- >> there you go.
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. former illinois governor rod blagojevich returns to federal court in chicago today after attorneys on both sides of the corruption case laid out their cases. eight months ago blagojevich was convicted on just one charge. the jury did not reach a verdict on 23 others. truck industry representatives will be on capitol hill today as federal rules for drivers change. lawmakers called for more restrictions on driver's hours to prevent accidents. prince william returns to work today after his big wedding on friday. will and kate postponed their honeymoon for a few months. so romantic. seems so modern, though. back to work. >> it seems like just yesterday the royal wedding was considered news. >> it was so nice. years from now many will
remember where they were when they heard of course when osama bin laden had been killed just like 9/11. >> but there are those who do not remember the horrific events of 9/11 because they were too young, well that doesn't mean the importance of the day has been lost on them. wzzm reports now from rockford, michigan. >> reporter: many of us cannot forget where we were when twin tsame but in craig beach's world religion class -- >> can you remember what happened whear >> reporter: -- student a many are too youngm >> all that i can remember is i remember my mom wa tv andlikews of i >> i had no clue what it wa i heard the words, you know, al i thought -- alhe hit buigs. >> r: wdecap> lledstan >> orteeac ptheaduled despite a widening generation gap. >> definitely a different meaning. they don't have they don't they don't own it. >>re:eacays student feels the impact of the
event and understands that life in america was once different. >> it has definitely impacted u bel ha ive e tcuss just with like, i don't kn- traether so much more safety measures that were put u. >> reporter: beac largest obstacle is reducing stereotypes ki middle east. >> definitely a course like this e of is and it gives the kids some th and understanding that muslims aren't osama bin laden. >> reporter: while firsthand memories o1 e disappear, beach says we need to give the next generation tools to deal with the conflicts of their time. in rockford, wzzm news. >> and so funny to think there is a generation out there that doesn't remember a time when you didn't take your shoes off and your belt off at the airport or there wasn't terror code alerts and a war in iraq.